When people are in need of some dental work done it is usually too late. Sometimes people with good teeth can discover one day a big cavity and they have no idea about how they got it. Some cases become really serious and the patient can end up in need of a dental crown, bridge, or even denture. The less serious cases may just need veneers that usually are used to improve a person’s appearance. All of these products meant to be installed on the patient’s teeth are usually made by dental labs. In most cases, a dentist’s office or a dental clinic collaborates with one such lab.
How do you know when your dentist works with a good dental laboratory, and when this is not the case? These are some of the signs, tips, and secrets of the trade you are not usually told by anyone.
By UK laws dental labs are supposed to provide high quality materials for all the products that go in the patients’ mouths. If they’re not high quality, these materials should at least be safe and not contain stuff deemed harmful for the human body. Such materials are commonly used in poorer countries where there are almost no laws to protect the interest of those who get ill. The labs who care about their business and reputation will obtain good quality materials from well known manufacturers, materials that comply with the standards imposed in UK. Additionally, it is the lab and its employees who should be manufacturing the teeth crowns, veneers, and other similar products. They must be customised for each patient.
Most dental labs offer maintenance and repair services for the good they make. You know you contacted a good lab when they can be reached after hours, when they provide a pickup and delivery service, or is able to perform all the necessary work within the day. Keep in mind that not all the labs out there offer these services, or the price is very high.
The best dental labs in UK do not limit their service to the city they operate in, but are able to serve all dentists in the country. Additionally, some of them will visit the dentist’s office it is located near-by. It is very uncommon for labs to send a representative to the patient’s house to pick up the damaged bridge or denture, but you will be amazed to discover some will, and you just have to ask about this option.
When researching for more information about a dental lab you should check their credentials. The credentials are proven with memberships to various dentistry associations in the country, including the British Bite Mark. The more such memberships a lab has, the more you can be sure their products will exceed your expectations. Be wary of the reviews you read, as not all of them are true, no matter they are positive or negative. Sometimes not even the neutral ones are to be trusted, though they do offer a clearer image about the lab.